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Saudi Arabia’s Top Advisory Council Rejects Study of Women Driving

Saudi Arabia's Shura Council, which advises the cabinet, has turned down a proposal to study the issue of women's driving on Wednesday.

The kingdom has some of the world's tightest restrictions on women, and is the only country where they are not allowed to drive; AFP reported.

At a meeting this week, a male member of the appointed council suggested the study, said another member who declined to be named.

He said the enquiry would have looked at: "What are the difficulties if they start? What is required to allow them to drive?"

But the proposal failed to get the required 50 percent plus one support among the council's 150 members.

The council can make non-binding recommendations to the government but it has no legislative powers.

Source: Al Alam


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